Walter Comic

“The cleanest and least expensive kilowatt hour or BTU is the one you don’t use.”

Favorite Quotes

(edited to eliminate inadvertent sexism)


Joseph Bruchac

“The old man must have stopped our car two dozen times to climb out and gather into his hands the small toads blinded by our lights and leaping, live drops of rain. The rain was falling, a mist about his white hair and I kept saying you can't save them all, accept it, get back in we've got places to go. But, leathery hands full of wet brown life, knee deep in the summer roadside grass, he just smiled and said they have places to go to too.”  


Danilo Dolci

“If one works well in a potato field, the potatoes will grow.  If one works well among people, they will grow – that’s reality.  It's important to know that words don't move mountains. Work, exacting work moves mountains.”


 Alice Walker

“Activism is my rent for living on this planet.”


Jerry Garcia

“Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.”


Mahatma Gandhi

“The Earth provides enough to satisfy everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.”

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”



“All beings tremble before violence.  All fear death.  All love life.  See yourself in others.  Then whom can you hurt?  What harm can you do?


Adlai Stevenson

“We travel together, passengers on a little space ship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed for our safety to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and, I will say, the love we give our fragile craft.”


David Orr

“I propose a different ranking system for colleges based on whether or not the institution and its graduates move the world in more sustainable directions.  Does four years at a particular institution instill knowledge, love, and competence toward the natural world or indifference and ignorance? Are the graduates of this or that college suited for a responsible life on a planet with a biosphere?”


Margaret Mead

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Rachel Carson

“We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lays disaster. The other fork of the road, the one less traveled by, offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.”

“The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery - not over nature but of ourselves.”


Henry David Thoreau

“I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, barns, cattle, and farming tools; for these are more easily acquired than got rid of.  Better they had been born in the open pasture and suckled by a wolf, that they might have seen with clearer eyes what field they were called to labor in.”

“In wildness is the preservation of the world.”


John Muir

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”


Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.”

“Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”


Edmund Burke

“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.”


Albert Schweitzer

“One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”

"We need a boundless ethic, one which will include the animals, too. Until we extend the circle of his compassions to all living things, we will not find peace."


Henry Beston

"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge, and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.”


St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.


Frances Moore Lappe

“Every aspect of our lives is, in a sense, a vote for the kind of world we want to live in.”


Kenyan Proverb (though variously attributed)

"Treat the earth well.  It was not given to you by your parents but loaned to you by your children."


Paul Goodman

“For green grass and clean rivers, children with bright eyes and good color, and people safe from being pushed around – for a few things like these, I find I am pretty ready to think away most other political, economic, and technological advantages.”

“…the best thing we can do for children and adolescents would be to renovate our own institutions and give the young a livable world to grow up in.”

“I would almost say that our country is like a conquered province with foreign rulers, except that they are not foreigners and we are responsible for what they do.”

“The free person manifests his or her nature much more vehemently than we who have been trained to uniformity.  Voice, gestures, and countenance express the great range of experience from child to sage.  When hearing the hypocrite orator use words that arouse disgust, he or she vomits in the crowd.”

“. . . our characteristic act is Drawing the Line, beyond which we cannot cooperate.  All the heart-searching and purgatorial anxiety concerns this question, Where to draw the line? . . . No particular line will be defensible logically.  But the right way from any line will prove itself more clearly step by step and blow by blow.”


Al Gore

“All of us can make changes, but the changes that are most needed are not light bulbs and windows but laws and policies and treaties. So, yes, we are in a phase of this (climate protection) struggle where civic and political action is at the top of the list.”



“In war, truth is the first casualty. “


Bertrand Russell

“War does not determine who is right - only who is left.” 


Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms is not spending money alone.  It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, and the hopes of its children.  This is not a way of life at all in any true sense.  Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron. “


George McGovern

“I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.” 

Jean-Paul Sartre

“When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.” 

Aldous Huxley

“What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.” 


Mark Twain (from "The War Prayer")

“O Lord our God, help us tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it.” 


I.F. Stone

“If you want to know about governments, all you need to know is two words: Governments lie.”


David Ignatius (Washington Post)

“When the big guys in Washington dream of transforming the world, it’s the little guys who come home in body bags.”


Admiral Gene LaRocque

“I hate it when they say, ‘He gave his life for his country.’ Nobody gives his life for anything. We steal the lives of these kids. We take it away from them. They don’t die for the honor of glory of their country. We kill them.”